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Kadri Gürsel

Chair, IPI Turkey National Committee
IPI Executive Board member
Kadri Gürsel was a columnist for the Turkish daily Milliyet from 2007-2015. His writing focuses on foreign policy, international affairs, Turkey’s Kurdish question and Turkey’s evolving political Islam. He joined Milliyet publishing group in 1997 as deputy editor-in-chief of the then-newly launched weekly news magazine Artı-Haber and was Milliyet’s foreign news editor from 1999-2008. He was a correspondent for Agence France-Presse from 1993-1997 and was kidnapped in 1995 by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), an experience he recounted in his book “Dagdakiler” (“Those of the Mountains”), published in 1996. Gürsel has written columns for “Turkey Pulse” on the news website Al-Monitor.com as well as Diken and was an editorial consultant and columnist at Cumhuriyet from 2016-2018. On October 31, 2016, Gürsel and his colleagues at Cumhuriyet were taken into custody for allegedly being linked to terror groups, including the PKK, the group that Gürsel captive in 1995. He served an 11-month sentence and was released in September 2017. In September 2018 Gürsel resigned from Cumhuriyet after the owner of the newspaper, elected a new board and assigned one of state witnesses against the Cumhuriyet journalists as the head of the board. Gürsel has been the chair of IPI’s Turkish National Committee since 2013.
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